NBA Grind Down & First Look Tutorial/Legend


Term Description
Implied Total The implied points of a team based on the Vegas spread and total.
Points / Game Average points scored per game.
Points +/- The difference between a team’s total and their points per game (higher the better).
Pace The number of possessions a team uses per game.
Proj. Pace League Average Pace + (Team 1 Pace – League Average Pace) + (Team 2 Pace – League Average Pace).
Pace +/- The difference between a team’s pace and the projected pace of that game.
DEFF Defensive efficiency minus the opponent’s offensive efficiency (by position).
True Usage The percentage of possessions a player uses while on the floor, adjusted for turnovers.
DvsA Defense vs. Archetype – This is a new method of DvP that categories players by skill sets and looks at how opponents fare against those types of players. Check out this tutorial on DvA.
DRPM Defensive Real Plus-Minus (basically a defensive grade for each player). In the matchup charts, the DRPM is for the defender of the player listed.

Tutorial Video

About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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